LV= Cup: Leicester Tigers beat Worcester Warriors at Sixways
Leicester made it two wins from two matches in the LV= Cup with a hard-fought 21-18 victory over Worcester at Sixways.
Last Updated: 15/11/13 11:17pm
The home side, who had also won their opening group game, started strongly and took the lead in the fifth minute when Andy Symons, who had already missed a long-range penalty attempt, touched down after a quick Worcester counter-attack from inside their own 22, inspired by Max Stelling.
Paul Warwick missed the conversion and he was also off target 11 minutes later after Jake Abbott had added a second try for the Warriors following a rapid break set up by Symons.
Owen Williams replied with two penalties for the Tigers - either side of a bad miss by Symons - and he reduced the deficit to only one point with a drop-goal moments before the interval with Sam Betty in the sin-bin for the hosts.
Leicester took the lead for the first time five minutes after the restart thanks to a try from Michael Noone following good forward pressure although Williams was wide with his conversion attempt.
Worcester responded with a penalty from Warwick, but the Tigers twice went close to adding a second try as Matt Smith just failed to score in the corner before Jamie Gibson's storming run came up just short.
The visitors' second touchdown finally arrived through a penalty try in the 67th minute when the Warriors could not cope with a scrummage drive, with Williams' conversion making it 21-13.
Worcester then launched a late onslaught which saw Leicester reduced to 14 men after Gibson was yellow carded with four minutes remaining, but the Tigers held firm despite Christian Scotland-Williamson crossing for a late try for the Warriors.